Light Hustler: Looking for Light in All the Dark Places
AfterPartyPod: Carrie White

Author Carrie White has lived many lives. The first female hairdresser to the stars, White tended to the tresses of everyone from Ann Margaret and Elvis to Sharon Tate and Elizabeth Taylor. And she did it all on rollerskates (it was the 70s, people). But her high-flying life—which included three husbands and five children—was masking a crippling drug addiction which eventually left her curled up in the fetal position outside her dealer's door. Now sober for multiple decades, White built her hairdressing business back up and published a best-selling memoir, Upper Cut, about the entire thing. Here she talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David about bottoming out, coming back, and how getting sober but continuing to smoke is like switching seats on the Titanic. 

Direct download: Carrie_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:57pm PDT

AfterPartyPod: Jennifer Gimenez

Actress and reality star Jennifer Gimenez first worked as a teenage model before acting alongside Johnny Depp in Blow and Cameron Diaz in The Sweetest Thing. But many first came to know her when she was the house manager on Sober House—a job she got after she went from being one of Dr. Drew's nightmare clients to one of his miracles. Here she and AfterPartyChat's Anna David talk about the drug dealer they used to share, how they first got sober together back in the early 2000s and whether or not Gimenez would use her real name if she was a drug dealer.

Direct download: Gimenez_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42pm PDT

AfterPartyPod: Danielle Stewart

Comedian Danielle Stewart will say anything any time, anywhere. And so her conversation with AfterPartyChat's Anna David covered addiction, yes, but also jealousy, hope, Facebook, sex addiction and more. Arguably NSFW or the conservative.

Direct download: danielle_final_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm PDT

AfterPartyPod: John DeVore

Writer and editor John DeVore was a great drunk, as AfterPartyChat's Anna David well knows, since she logged many (sober) hours with him while he was still boozing and the two were living in New York. Now sober over three years and settled in Los Angeles, he and David discussed the difference between drunks and alcoholics, how he once saw how bored she looked at a party and what a really famous architect had to say about LA—among many other glorious topics. Follow John Devore on Twitter here.

Direct download: devore_final_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:45pm PDT

AfterPartyPod: Paul Gilmartin

Comedian and Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast host Paul Gilmartin is, to some, the affable longtime co-host of TBS' Dinner and a Movie. But to others, all that he's done in comedy (which includes Comedy Central specials and spots on Politically Incorrect and The Craig Ferguson Show) pales in comparison to the amazing feat he's accomplished in getting his guests to address distressing issues like depression, addiction and abuse on his much-lauded podcast. He talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David here about addiction, abuse and the relationship between the two. Check out the site for The Mental Illness Happy Hour here.

Direct download: Gilmartin_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:18pm PDT

AfterPartyPod: Claudia Lonow

Prolific television producer and former actress Claudia Lonow has been the force behind Rude Awakening, How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) and more. She's also 28 years sober and met with AfterPartyChat's Anna David back when David wanted to be a TV writer and had cocaine drip going down the back of her throat. The two discuss that meeting, David's potentially disturbing obsession with her, losing everything in sobriety, why even one night can set off a relapse and much more. Follow Claudia on Twitter here.

Direct download: Claudia_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:14pm PDT

AfterPartyPod: Jeff Kober

Actor and meditation teacher Jeff Kober has been in every TV show you've ever seen (China Beach, Star Trek, Law and Order, Sons of Anarchy and trust us, that's only the beginning) and is one of LA's most revered meditation teachers. Here he talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David about huffing ether, detoxing in a San Diego hotel room and realizing the big movie role wasn't going to change anything. Sign up for Kober's Meditation Thought For The Day on his site.

Direct download: kober_podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am PDT

AfterPartyPod: Nic Sheff

Best-selling author of Tweak, staff writer for The Killing and the beautiful boy of his father David Sheff's best-selling book, Nic Sheff has written and spoken openly about his struggles with meth addiciton and where that took him: to homelessness, sex work, near arm amputation and, finally, a meth-induced psychosis that ultimately led him to sobriety. Here he talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David about those experiences and they also discuss working together and their plan to speak at colleges about addiction and sobriety. Follow Nic on Twitter here.

 

Direct download: Nic_podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:28am PDT

AfterPartyPod: Craig Shoemaker

Comedian Craig Shoemaker talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David about his 20+ years of sobriety, forgiveness, his penchant for being nude and the healing energy work he does. Spoiler alert: they almost have a fight!

Direct download: final_shoemaker_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25pm PDT

AfterPartyPod: Sam Lansky

Writer Sam Lansky has managed to pack seven rehabs, five years of sobriety and thousands of brilliant words into his 24 years and here he tells AfterPartyChat's Anna David all about it.

Direct download: lansky_podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:12am PDT